August 16, 2019: Ala Khader al-Hreimi, 26, was shot dead in a barrage of bullets fired by Israeli soldiers after the car he was driving hit a car driven by Israeli colonist settlers on the highway between Bethlehem and Hebron.
The Israeli army claimed the soldiers fired many live rounds at his car after he reportedly deliberately rammed two Israeli colonists near Etzion illegal colony. Israeli media sources said the Palestinian driver was “neutralized” following the vehicular collision.
The Palestinian Health Ministry and the District Civil Coordination Office reported that the Palestinian who was killed by Israeli soldiers near Etzion, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, was identified as Ala Khader al-Hreimi, 26.
Ala, a construction worker, is a former political prisoner who was detained by Israel for two years and was previously shot by Israeli soldiers.
Following his death, the soldiers summoned his brother, Abdul-Salam al-Hreimi, for interrogation at Roadblock #300, south of Bethlehem.
Israeli sources said that two Israeli settlers were wounded in the vehicle collision, identified as Noam Navis, 19, who was moderately injured, and her brother, Nachum, 17, who suffered a serious head injury and has been hooked to a respirator, from Gush Etzion.
Israeli Ynetnews said “it remains unclear whether the incident was a deliberate attack, or a traffic accident,” and added that the driver was “neutralized.”
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ala was from the southern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC
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